Admissions Information

One tenet of the Southeastern Louisiana University Laboratory School's philosophy is that learning takes place best in an organized, comprehensive curriculum. A major goal of the school is to provide each student the opportunity to learn, to develop personally, and to experience success.

Our school is accredited by the Louisiana State Department of Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. We are housed in the Cate Teacher Education Center. Our school offers a science lab and specifically designed music and art facilities.

We offer education to students in grades K-8. Students at the Laboratory School consistently score above the state and national averages. 

Admission Process

The Laboratory School is made up of one class for each grade level, K-8. The applicant pool is composed of applications submitted by parents for their children. No child is accepted unless an application is on file.

A child's application will remain on file for one year unless notified by the parent to remove the application. Please notify the school if your address or telephone number changes after you have submitted an application. All applications for kindergarten students must be on file by the last Friday in January of each year for consideration for the upcoming school year. 


Admission Guidelines

The selection for admission of students is accomplished very objectively in accordance with three approved guidelines. The guidelines are as follows:

  • Brothers and sisters of children who are currently attending the Laboratory School (who have applications on file) are considered first. Sibling status refers to children with the same natural mother or father. If there are two siblings to be considered for a single vacancy, the one living closest -- driveway to driveway by the nearest driving route is accepted. The same guideline is applied for minorities. If there are no siblings to be considered and the total school population is in proper balance, the child living the closest is selected. 

  • The school is to maintain a student population that is representative of the community; that is, a 30% to 35% minority population within the total population of the school. Minorities include Black, Asian, Hispanic, and American Indian.

  • A third guideline that must be applied is distance from the school to the legal residence of the child. The residence of the child is where the legal parent or guardian resides. The primary residence is the home for which homestead exemption is received. If the parents are divorced or separated, the residence of the domiciliary parent (or the parent with sole custody) will be considered as the legal residence of the child/children.

The child/children must physically live at the address on the application both on the date the application is submitted to the Laboratory School and on the date of acceptance to the Laboratory School. **


Fee Structure

Registration Fee:  $125.00 (non-refundable)
Material Fees:  $75.00 (non-refundable)

Above fees are for ALL grades (Pre-K through 8th) and are due upon acceptance.


Payment Dates

First Semester Tuition: $1187.50 per student (grades K-8) and $2375.00 (pre-K) 

Second Semester Tuition: $1187.50 per student (grades K-8) and $2375.00 (pre-K)

Total Tuition Fee Per Year:  $2375.00 per student (grades K-8) and $4750.00 (pre-K)

Fee notification including tuition, registration, and materials fees will be mailed directly to parents on dates determined by the SLU Controller's Office.  These notifications will be mailed to the address on file submitted by the parent. Payments are to be made in the Controller's Office on North Campus. Failure to make payments could result in your child(ren) being dismissed from school.



Admissions applications for pre-k through 8th grades can be filled out and submitted electronically by clicking here.


Questions and Contact Info

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office at any time. We are open during the school year from 7:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m., Monday - Friday, with the exception of holidays noted on our school calendar. Thank you for your interest in the Southeastern Louisiana Laboratory School.